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“Wonderful Hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Taumesina Hideaway

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Taumesina Hideaway
Ranked #12 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Apia
Copacabana, Australia
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“Wonderful Hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

Our family stayed at Taumesina Hideaway in April and would definitely recommend it as a base in Apia. It is only a short 5 minute drive from town, but is so peaceful. Beautiful setting right on the lagoon (lovely deep swimming) and cute self contained cottages with all you need for a relaxing stay. We arrived quite early in the morning following our overnight flight from Sydney and were greeted by Sara's big, beautiful smile. She got us settled in our room, then served a delicious breakfast on the sunny deck overlooking the lagoon. We only stayed 2 nights as we were travelling around both islands, but our short time at Taumesina was a highlight of our trip. Sara prepared a huge, cooked breakfast each morning and would then sit with us for half an hour or so and chat with us. She gave us great suggestions for day trips and was really helpful in sorting out a problem we had with our hire car. A perfect host. We spent a very pleasant couple of hours one afternoon at sunset with Sara and her husband Masi sitting on the overwater deck having a drink together, while all the kids played in the water. A truly special memory for us. We are already planning a return trip to Samoa and Taumesina will definitely be on our itinerary. Thank you Sara and Masi - can't wait to return

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

Stayed at Taumesina for 5 nights during April 2014 and had a fantastic time.Loved the Garden Fale's they are in a lovely tranquil, quiet area, and still only a 10 to 15 minuite walk from the center of Apia. The private swimming lagoon was awesome to come home to at the end of each day.Having a home cooked breakfast each morning was the best way to get the day started "fill up before you head out to the eastern Upolu beaches"taumesina is about 40mins from the airport and the is an airport shuttle that can get you to and from Taumesina for 30 tala (15$usd) much better option than a taxi as they were charging a minimum 80 tala (40USD)at the time, pre-book the shuttle as flights to Samoa tend to arrive rather awkward times 2.00am being fairly normal.Loved the community and family atmosphere whilst staying here, if your going to stay in a homestay in Apia make sure it is at Taumesina.there is a large resort being built accross from the hideaway it won't be long before the secret is out about this awesome spot :)

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

After three days of staying in basic beach fales with shared bathrooms and no fans or anything else to keep us cool, it was nice to be back in our own private space.
The room had enough beds to sleep four though there were only two of us.
The bathroom shower could have done with some better cleaning as there was lots of dirt around the edges but i was glad to have my own shower for a change.

The fan in the room was pretty strong as was able to keep us cool and comfortable though my partner was worried that it'd fall on our heads as it seemed quite noisy.

Breakfast was lovely and Sara always had a smile on her face when we saw her. I'd recommend Taumesina's Hideaway for anyone on a budget but want to be closeish to town. It's about a 5 Tala trip to get into town.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

Taumesina Hideaway is a great place to stay - mainly because of Sara and her family, not to mention the world's friendliest dog.

As others have noted the units themselves are of the same sort of standard as a cabin in a NZ campground plus basic fridge, TV, ensuite bathroom - but set in gorgeous grounds with the lagoon right beside the breakfast area.

Breakfasts were wonderful and Sara appeared on our first Sunday while we were recovering from our late night arrival with plates full of food from her family Sunday dinner!!

We liked feeling part of a village rather than being in a tourists only hotel - yet only a 5 tala taxi into Apia (and we got regular lifts in from Sara and other family members).

Highly recommended as long as you are expecting basic but adequate accommodation rather than hotel standard.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kawerau, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

I was very pleased I made the effort to discover Taumesina, its tucked out of the way opposite Apia park down Matautu way ( the road that goes inland from by the port, just around the corner from Aggies Hotel)
The buses are frequents (less than a tala) and taxi just 5 tala,but I walked to town most days I was there.
Taumesina is on a lagoon, great for swimming at all tides. It is located at the end of a village road with a reserve around so it feels quite village like even though its close to Apia central.
I stayed in the basic fale with share bathroom, it was comfortable with a good bed and wee balcony, the bathroom was one of the cleanest in Samoa and breakfast by the lagoon was nice.
At only 50 tala for 1 person in the fale or 80 tala in a self contained unit it very good value.
Sara goes out of here way to help make your stay comfortable.
I will be back and would recommend it- there is a new hotel being built across the other side of the lagoon but I didnt find the construction annoying- (about 1 truck an hour driving past during the day)- when you compare that to most places in the centre where you have buses, traffic, roosters and music close by day and night its very peaceful

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

Taumesina Hideaway is an absolute gem. The location is fantastic - right on the lagoon where you can swim, watch the sun rise, and even check out the paddlers practicing some nights. Its serene and beautiful. Yet its only 5 minutes - and a 5 tala taxi ride away from Apia where you can eat, drink and shop to your hearts desire.

Sara and Masi are the perfect hosts - generous, kind, patient and fun. They always have a smile on their face, a twinkle in their eye and all the time in the world to answer your questions or offer you advice. Their gorgeous daughters Celia and Sarona also never fail to make you feel welcome and put a smile on your face.

The units are simple - think a cabin at a New Zealand/Australian camping ground. But they are clean, tidy and equipped with everything you need. They have a fan for the balmy nights, a fridge to keep your beers cold and a television so you can keep up with the world news. They are certainly great value for what you pay - as are the generous and delicious daily breakfasts.

I stayed at Taumesina for six weeks and from the first day I felt like it was my home. I cant recommend it highly enough, and I can't wait to return there one day soon.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

I loved staying at Taumesina. I had to work in Apia, but I was happy to be based right on the lagoon, so I could start each day with a swim before enjoying Sara's delicious breakfasts. Sara and Masi are fabulous friendly hosts and really understand the meaning of going the extra mile. Their daughters, Celia and Sarona make you feel like you are a part of their family. The little cottages were ideal for me with own bathroom and a little kitchen. I hired a bike which was great - it made popping into the fruit market to buy a pawpaw and a coconut so easy. Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, which has fantastic snorkelling and beautiful shade is just a few minutes away. I'd love to come back with my family for a holiday!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Taumesina Hideaway
Address: Taumesina Reserve | Moata'a, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
Region: Samoa > Upolu > Apia
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Ranked #12 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Apia
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Number of rooms: 4
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